–Update 22 August 2011: the WA solar feed-in tariff scheme has closed.
Applications will no longer be accepted for the WA 44c/kWh solar feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme. However, new applicants will be eligible for a 20c/kWh FiT from 1 July 2011.
WA feed-in tariff recipients were given ample warning about the changes, which were announced in May. This is a stark comparison to the NSW government’s handling of its Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff Scheme, which underwent two tumultuous policy fiascos in less than a year. First there was a day of Solar Chaos in which those interested in residential solar were given a matter of hours to apply for the state’s 60c/kWh feed-in tariff, followed by the new Liberal government’s plans (since dropped) to retroactively cut the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme 60c/kWh for feed in tariff beneficiaries.
If you are a resident of WA and want to learn more about electricity rates in Western Australia, please visit the Office of Energy website’s Electricity and Gas Suppliers page.
Western Australia also currently considering a commercial-scale solar feed-in tariff, although legislation has not yet been passed.
© 2011 Solar Choice Pty Ltd
Sources and Links:
Western Australia Office of Energy, “Changes To the Feed-in Tariff Scheme”
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